Cheetahs welcome back big guns

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 16:06
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SUPER RUGBY REACTION: The Cheetahs will welcome the return of several key players ahead of their next match against the Sharks.

The Cheetahs are coming off the back of a 14-41 defeat at the hand of the Jaguares in Buenos Aires.

"Fortunately we do not have any serious injuries. The nice part is that Francois Venter, Ox Nche, Sergeal Petersen, Raymond Rhule, William Small-Smith, Nico Lee, Shaun Venter - who came through the second half well - and Torsten van Jaarsveld should all return for the next game.

"So we have quite a few players who are available again," head coach Franco Smith said.

The Cheetahs were far from their best but the inexperienced side that took to the field would have benefitted from the experience.

"This has been a tough trip and we knew that playing here [in Argentina] was going to be a challenge, especially when you have to put in two big performances in a row.

"The heart of the case is that you look at the team, a lot of them never played Super Rugby before and others who have played very little. We played against a very experienced Jaguares team that closed our space down.

"It took us a while to adjust to that but in the second half, we were a lot better. We had to play catch-up rugby, maybe that is why we over did it with ball-in-hand because we had to narrow the gap with seven pointers and not three.

"At the end of the day, we wanted to improve our confidence with the ball-in-hand," he added.

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 29 July 2017
Crusaders v Chiefs 07h35 Christchurch
Golden Lions v Griquas 10h00 Johannesburg
Lions v Hurricanes 12h30 Ellis Park
Sharks v Pumas 15h00 Durban
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28